Reserve for July 15!

Provision is back! Click here for details on how to make reservations for July 15here for information about proposing, and email us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to volunteer!

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February 2012 Recap

Our fifth Provision was Sunday, February 19. Many, many thanks to all the folks who came out and helped – by proposing, volunteering, voting,  by eating – and also to the entire Provision community for supporting us for the past year! Yes!

February stats:

NUMBERS: Food
We fed 130 or so people, including volunteers.

NUMBERS: Money
We spent about $500 on the meal and other event-related items. As always, we sought out donations for food and other items, and are proud to say that we have now broken even on set-up costs! As such, we will be able to award larger grants in the future.

We collected $693.17 via PayPal (RSVPs), an additional $500 at the door/for cash reservations, and $339 for a la carte beverages.

We awarded $600 to Eating with the Ecosystem (see proposal info in the menu below).

We used the balance of the door and beverage monies to cover the event costs and chip away at our initial start-up costs (which, as stated above, are finally recovered!).

VOTING PROCESS
Voting was based on a tiered system: Diners nominated their first, second, and third choice proposals. First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point. Most overall points received the Provision grant (and a bouquet of flowers).

MENU/PROPOSALS
Download February’s menu here! Proposals are within. Please note this updated special thanks list:

Backstage/waiter/clean up folks John Demetrick, Simcha Davis, Lena Sawyer, James Sawyer, Roger, Cael Thompson, Jayme Mallindine, Katie Miller, Adj Marshall, Mollie Hosmer-Dillard, Carolyn Gennari, Rebecca Noon, and Walker Mettling; additional set up helpers Caitlin Cali, Jed Hancock-Brainerd, John Demetrick, Lindsey Beal, Dyan Dealy, and Mari Robles; menu-maker Julia Gualtieri; cooks Fay Strongin and Tess and Laura Brown-Lavoie of Sidewalk Farms CSA (sourdough bread), Ian Cozzens (honey whole wheat bread), James Sawyer and family (Tofu Curry), Cristina DiChiera (sugar cookies), and Chris Mulligan (munken and petit fours). Also thanks to Dylan and Noah Block-Harley for the perfect music; to New Urban Arts for the beautiful space and to Julia Gualtieri, Caitlin Cali, and Noel Puello for representing NUA throughout the weekend; to Simcha Davis from AS220 Youth for our beautiful logo; and to Lena Sawyer and Gianna Rodriguez at AS220 Youth for our incredible posters.

OTHER DETAILS
At the September 2011 Provision, past grantee Miguel Rosario presented an update of his photography work. February 2012’s dinner guests and volunteers heard from past grantees local grocery Fertile Underground and theatre-makers Strange Attractor. Both presenters spoke eloquently about how Provision support enabled them to see their projects through, because of grant funds but moreover because of the votes of confidence they received from the Provision community. As Michael said, “Once we got the Provision grant, not only were we able to open a bank account with the funds, but my friend looked at me and said, ‘Now you have to do this. You have to open the store. You can’t not do it.'” As always, all proposers regardless of receiving grant funds made valuable connections at the event – for example, this month, Val Khislavsky may have acquired a much-needed chest freezer for her project from a Provision attendee!

We are, as always, seeking feedback from dinner guests and proposers about their experiences at Provision. If you have thoughts, or would like to volunteer at a future Provision, don’t hesitate to contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com.

And finally, see photos from February 19 here:

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Reserve now for February 19!

Provision is back! Click here for details on how to make reservations for February 19here for information about proposing, and email us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to volunteer!

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September 2011 Recap

Our fourth Provision was Sunday, September 18. Many, many thanks to all the folks who came out and helped – by proposing, volunteering, voting, and of course by eating.

September stats:

NUMBERS: Food
We fed 90-100 people, including volunteers.

NUMBERS: Money
We spent about $400 on the meal and other event-related items (including more plates, etc, to feed people!). As always, we sought out donations for food and other items, and will continue to seek donations for future events to offset set up costs.

We collected $417.63 via PayPal (RSVPs), an additional $466 at the door/for cash reservations, and $312 for a la carte beverages.

We awarded $500 to Carolyn Gennari’s proposal (see proposal info in the menu below).

We used the balance of the door and beverage monies to cover the event costs and chip away at our initial start-up costs (over $800). Once these costs are recouped, we will only reimburse ourselves for what we spend on food and any other incidentals necessary to make the meal happen; the rest will go to the selected project. (We hope to be able to do this after just one more Provision!)

VOTING PROCESS
Voting was based on a tiered system: Diners nominated their first, second, and third choice proposals. First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point. Most overall points won.

MENU/PROPOSALS
Download September’s menu! ProvisionMenu_Sep2011

Proposals are within. Please note our full special thanks list:

Backstage/waiter/clean up folks John Demetrick, Simcha Davis, Lena Sawyer, George Olken, Stewart Wagner, Zoe Thompson, Amy Atticks, Adj Marshall, Eamon Mahoney, Serena, Anne Reinhardt, Mike Berenson; additional set up helpers JP Reader, John Demetrick, Mari Robles, Christina, Dan, and Colgate Searle; menu maker Julia Gualtieri; cooks Tess and Laura Brown-Lavoie of Sidewalk Farms CSA (sourdough bread), Cael Brendan Seamus Barry Thompson (Vegan Chili), Shura Baryshnokov and Jessica Leach of Raw Dogs RI (raw yam bisque), and Giorgio Stewmari (cookies). Also thanks to Dylan Block-Harley for the lovely music, to Lucie Searle for the beautiful space, to Simcha Davis from AS220 Youth for our fabulous logo, and to Lena Sawyer and Gianna Rodriguez at AS220 Youth for our super posters.

OTHER DETAILS
We are, as always, seeking feedback from dinner guests and proposers about their experiences at Provision. If you have thoughts, or would like to volunteer at a future Provision, contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com.

And finally, see photos from September 18 here:

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Reserve now for September 18!

Provision is back! Click here for details on how to make reservations for September 18, here for information about proposing, and email us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to volunteer!

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Provision will return in September!

Provision is taking a summer hiatus and will return in September! Send us an email at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you’d like to be notified when we set our September date. Happy summer everyone!

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May 2011 Recap

Our third Provision was Sunday, May 11. Many, many thanks to all the folks who came out and helped – by proposing, volunteering, voting, and of course by eating.

May stats:

NUMBERS: Food
We fed 90-100 people, including volunteers.

NUMBERS: Money
We spent about $210 on the meal and other event-related items. As always, we got as much food and other things donated as we could, and will continue to seek donations for future events.

We collected $427.95 via PayPal (RSVPs), an additional $300 at the door, and $244 for a la carte beverages.

We awarded $500 to Miguel Rosario’s proposal (see proposal info in the menu below).

We used the balance of the door and beverage monies to cover the event costs and chip away at our initial start-up costs (over $800). Once these costs are recouped, we will only reimburse ourselves for what we spend on food and any other small incidentals necessary to make the meal happen; the rest will go to the selected project.

VOTING PROCESS
Voting was based on a tiered system: Diners nominated their first, second, and third choice proposals. First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point. Most overall points won.

MENU/PROPOSALS
Download May’s menu! ProvisionMenu_May2011

Proposals are within. Please note our full special thanks list:

Backstage/waiter folks Simcha Davis, Julia Bea Moreno, Dana Heng, Shirla Auguste, Lena Sawyer, George Olken, Stewart Wagner, Aurora, John Demetrick, Ben Gilberg, Montana Blanco, Ricardo Ferrer, SueEllen Kroll; Xander Marro for serving drinks; additional set up helpers Daniela Aramayo, Mari Robles, and Stephanie Sharkey; menu maker Julia Gualtieri; cooks Craig O’Connor (foccacia bread), Ian Cozzens (honey whole wheat bread), Carl Hasse (root beer/root beer floats), Ricardo Ferrer (corn chowder) and Ben Gilberg (split pea soup) and Giorgio Stewmari (cookies). Also thanks to Dylan Block-Harley, Jeff Chu, and Natalie Jablonski for the lovely music, to Clay Rockefeller for the incredible space, to Simcha Davis from AS220 Youth for our beautiful logo, and to Lena Sawyer and Gianna Rodriguez at AS220 Youth for our new posters!

OTHER DETAILS
We are, as always, seeking feedback from dinner guests and proposers about their experiences at Provision. If you have thoughts, contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com.

And finally, see photos from May 22 here:

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